Leonard Fenton passes away

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Mr. Leonard Fenton, a British actor, director, and painter, sadly passed away on January 29 due to poor health. He was best known for his role as Dr. Harold Legg in EastEnders, a British soap opera.

Mr. Fenton née Leonard Feinstein, originally trained as a civil engineer during World War II and left the army after 5 years. After this, he got into acting and attended the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London. He got his first acting break in Orson Welles to play ‘Chimes at Midnight. This was the beginning of a nearly 60-year acting career. Other prominent acting credits include ‘EastEnders’, ‘Doctor Who: Death Comes to Time’ and ‘Give My Regards to Broad Street, ‘The Seagull’ and so much more.  He had the privilege of working with some of the greats of the theatre, including Samuel Beckett, Orson Welles, and Jonathan Miller. He made his directorial debut with ‘After Chekhov’ in the 100th anniversary year of Chekhov’s death. Mr.Leonard Fenton was also a professional painter and had a passion for singing.

He was a charming and talented man, who warmed the hearts of the people who had the pleasure to meet and work with him. His former East Enders co-star June Brown summed up Mr. Leonard Fenton the best, “He was a charming man in all ways, first as a person and then as an actor, extremely polite and kind. […] my thoughts are with his devoted family”.

Written by: jaimmynanayakkara@yahoo.com

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